Running back Peyton Hillis, who was signed in the days leading up to training camp to bolster running back depth behind Doug Martin, has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — according to Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida. Laine is also reporting that tight end Danny Noble was promoted from the practice squad.
Hillis carried the ball 38 times for 147 yards during the preseason for the Bucs. He was slowed down during training camp by a hyperextended knee that he suffered during the Bucs preseason opener against the Ravens. He did not make an appearance in either of Tampa Bay's first two games this season.
The backups to Doug Martin are now Brian Leonard and Mike James.
The six-year veteran out of Arkansas became a household name after having his best year with the Cleveland Browns in 2010 when he rushed for 1,777 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hillis was also on the cover of the EA Sports Madden football video game in 2011, Madden NFL '12.
Noble will look to help out a tight end group that has not been effective two weeks into this season and are facing injury issues. For Sunday's game against the Patriots in New England, the Bucs have tight ends Tom Crabtree (Ankle) and Luke Stocker (Hip) listed as questionable for the game and just Nate Byham and Tim Wright at 100 percent.